The purpose of the Scientific Workshop on "Human Rights and Supranational Jurisdiction" is determination of the current trends of comparative law and international legal studies, definition of supranational jurisdiction in the sphere of human rights, definition of the concept of supranational jurisdiction, range of entities owning this jurisdiction and their jurisdictional regulation.
William Elliott Butler, English and American researcher in the field of comparative and international law, Juris Doctor (J.D.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Legum Doctor (LL.D.), Professor of University of Pennsylvania Law School, attended the workshop.
Professors, teachers, researchers, postgraduate students, students of National University "Odessa Law Academy", International Humanitarian University and other researchers will be the participants of the workshop.
The Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe in 1975 proclaimed the principle of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. According to this principle, Countries-Members agreed to promote and encourage the effective exercise of civil, political, economic, social, cultural and other rights and freedoms.
Ukraine is a member of one of the most effective international mechanisms for the protection of human rights which is based on the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of 1950.
The basis of this mechanism is the European Court of Human Rights. Nowadays the Court is granted wide jurisdiction to consider and determine claims of individual citizens and their associations to the contries that signed the Convention.
The level of effectiveness and impact of the European Court of Human Rights on the national legal systems allow us to confirm the presence of supra-national jurisdiction of this court.
However, considering the current state of affairs in the European Court of Human Rights the need for its restructuring is apparent, as well as the restructuring of national legal systems to ensure implementation of the decisions of this Court. President of National University "Odessa Law Academy", the chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Justice, academician S.V. Kivalov is the rapporteur of the PACE Committee (the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe) on Legal Affairs and Human Rights on "Ensuring the viability of the Strasbourg Court: structural deficiencies in the States-Members." In addition, the university established the research group that performs scientific research on the topic: "The scientific and legislative support for performance assurance of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and the European Court of Human Rights and the efficient implementation of decisions of the European Court of Human Rights in Ukraine. "
On the agenda is establishment of new institutional bodies with supranational jurisdiction, and restructuring of the European Court of Human Rights.
Since the establishment of Odessa State Academy of Law in 1997 in Odessa a modern school of international law began to be formed. Establishment of Odessa School of International Law has a long history. The starting point of the development of international law studies in Odessa was the opening in 1865 of the Imperial Novorossiysk University and its Law School was a part of Department of International Law, although the precursors of specialized training in the disciplines of public law at the Law School of Novorossiysk University were still cameral and military law section of Richelieu Lyceum.
The Establishment of Odessa State Academy of Law has a significant role not only for the south of Ukraine, it, along with other schools of international law, is the theoretical basis, the foundation of the Ukrainian foreign policy aimed at developing and improvement of the international legal personality of our state, so the president of National University "Odessa Law Academy" Academician S.V. Kivalov pays great attention to the development of the international law science and has formed a team of dedicated international law scholars that has the right to be called "Odessa School of International Law."
International legal studies at National University "Odessa Law Academy" is carried out at two departments: Department of International Law and International Relations and Department of European and Comparative Law, which hosts a variety of science activities.
Publication of a collection of reports is planned according to the results of the scientific workshop.